Introducing Crystal Cavalier: 2011 Army Spouse of the Year

Now in its fourth year, the Military Spouse of the Year Award selects the top candidate in each branch of the Armed Forces and culminates with one all-around winner chosen for his or her extraordinary character and commitment to self, their family and the military.

Early May, Crystal Cavalier was formally recognized by Military Spouse Magazine at an award ceremony as the 2011 Army Spouse of the Year.

Crystal is not unlike the scores of military spouses who work hard each day to love and support their Soldier and children, yet she is unique in the volume and zeal with which she volunteers for the benefit of those in need, maintains a full-time, high-profile job, pursues a graduate degree in public administration and calls attention to the needs of Soldiers, families and spouses living with PTSD and other war wounds.

Crystal has been an Army spouse for 11 years. During her marriage she and her husband, Dany Cavalier, have experienced three combat deployments with Crystal guarding the home front along with the couple’s three children.

The Cavalier family has a story of struggle against PTSD, marital and economic strife, but it is also the story of honoring commitments, ushering in healing and returning to a place of joy and love.

Each month, Crystal will write a blog post for Army Live.

Be sure to come back often to read Crystal’s blog posts and to share your Army spouse story too!